You will have seen on the news and heard on the radio that Environment Agency have issued Flood Warning for Shoreham Harbour and other areas on the south coast in anticipation of the high tide at midday and midnight today (Friday 3/1/14).
- You can check for flood alerts on the Environment Agency’s website at www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/31618.aspx, on Twitter at @EnvAgencySE and on Facebook.
- http://www.hpa.org.uk/webc/HPAwebFile/HPAweb_C/1317140405287for people expecting or dealing with flooding.
- Keep an eye on Worthing Borough Council’s website for flood advice.
Staff from Adur and Worthing councils have been out this morning warning and informing residents in affected areas that are most at risk, suggesting that occupants take steps to protect their properties as much as they can. Owners of the Shoreham Houseboats have also been asked to move their cars to an area of less risk.
Both councils are, along with partners Environment Agency and Southern Water, monitoring our coastal defences just in case of any overtopping.
The weather forecast over Saturday and Sunday predicts further flooding and high wind but with reduced tides.
- Worthing Pier will stay closed until further notice.
- The Councils website www.adur-worthing.gov.uk/severe-weather contains advice on how to deal with severe weather with links to other agencies websites.
- To be prepared for hazards on the road when driving i.e. fallen trees and floodwater.
- If you lose power, be careful in making other arrangements i.e. the dangers of naked flames or portable cooking equipment and that the area is well ventilated. To be really careful, especially near the sea as large amounts of shingle have washed away increasing the hazards with the sea encroaching much further up the beaches with literally tons of water crashing in with each wave. DO NOT be tempted to swim or even paddle.
- Look out for your neighbours, especially if they are vulnerable.
- Listen to your local radio stations for up-to-date weather and travel advice.
- Call Adur & Worthing Councils 01903 239999 if you need any urgent assistance during this time.